The Call of the Canyon (1923)

Western | December 1923

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HISTORY

The 11 Aug 1923 Motion Picture News reported that director Victor Fleming and author Zane Grey were planning a trip to AZ to scout locations. Production was expected to begin later that month, although the cast had not yet been selected. Eleven days later, principal photography was underway, according to the 22 Aug 1923 FD. As stated in the 1 Sep 1923 Motion Picture News, the story originally appeared as a series in The Ladies Home Journal before being published as a novel.
       The Call of the Canyon was Paramount Pictures’ second screen adaptation of a Zane Grey novel. The article credited Grey as producer.
       Interior scenes were filmed in late Aug 1923 at the Lasky Studio in Hollywood, CA. At the time of the article, Victor Fleming and his crew were in the vicinity of Flagstaff, AZ, reportedly searching for a canyon as “startling” as the one described in the source novel. Zane Grey joined them later in the month, as noted in the 23 Sep 1923 FD.
       On 8 Sep 1923, Motion Picture News reported that a group of nurses and disabled veterans from the “Soldiers’ Home” in Sawtelle, CA, later known as the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center, appeared in a hospital scene along with stars Richard Dix and Lois Wilson. According to the 6 Sep 1923 FD, Bebe Daniels was originally cast in the role of “Flo Hutter,” before being replaced by Estelle Taylor. Marjorie Daw assumed the role after Taylor fell ill. On 20 Oct 1923, ... More Less

The 11 Aug 1923 Motion Picture News reported that director Victor Fleming and author Zane Grey were planning a trip to AZ to scout locations. Production was expected to begin later that month, although the cast had not yet been selected. Eleven days later, principal photography was underway, according to the 22 Aug 1923 FD. As stated in the 1 Sep 1923 Motion Picture News, the story originally appeared as a series in The Ladies Home Journal before being published as a novel.
       The Call of the Canyon was Paramount Pictures’ second screen adaptation of a Zane Grey novel. The article credited Grey as producer.
       Interior scenes were filmed in late Aug 1923 at the Lasky Studio in Hollywood, CA. At the time of the article, Victor Fleming and his crew were in the vicinity of Flagstaff, AZ, reportedly searching for a canyon as “startling” as the one described in the source novel. Zane Grey joined them later in the month, as noted in the 23 Sep 1923 FD.
       On 8 Sep 1923, Motion Picture News reported that a group of nurses and disabled veterans from the “Soldiers’ Home” in Sawtelle, CA, later known as the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center, appeared in a hospital scene along with stars Richard Dix and Lois Wilson. According to the 6 Sep 1923 FD, Bebe Daniels was originally cast in the role of “Flo Hutter,” before being replaced by Estelle Taylor. Marjorie Daw assumed the role after Taylor fell ill. On 20 Oct 1923, Motion Picture News announced the return of forty-one member cast and crew to Hollywood after three weeks on location. One week later, the 27 Oct 1923 Motion Picture News reported that filming was completed and Lois Wilson was in New York City for her next assignment.
       The Call of the Canyon opened the week of 16 Dec 1923 at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City. Critical notices were mixed, although several recommended the film for its impressive images of the AZ landscape.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
1 Sep 1923
p. 599.
Exhibitors Trade Review
29 Dec 1923
p. 38.
Exhibitors Trade Review
5 Jan 1924
p. 24.
Film Daily
24 Apr 1923
p. 2.
Film Daily
5 Aug 1923
p. 8.
Film Daily
22 Aug 1923
p. 3.
Film Daily
6 Sep 1923
p. 5.
Film Daily
9 Sep 1923
p. 15.
Film Daily
23 Sep 1923
p. 8.
Film Daily
14 Dec 1923
p. 4.
Film Daily
20 Dec 1923
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Dec 1923
p. 10.
Motion Picture News
11 Aug 1923
p. 677.
Motion Picture News
1 Sep 1923
p. 1081, 1101.
Motion Picture News
8 Sep 1923
p. 1237.
Motion Picture News
20 Oct 1923
p. 1881, 1929.
Motion Picture News
27 Oct 1923
p. 1984.
Motion Picture News
22 Dec 1923
p. 2900.
Motion Picture News
16 Feb 1924
p. 749.
Motion Picture News
23 Feb 1923
p. 854.
DETAILS
Release Date:
December 1923
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: week of 16 December 1923
Production Date:
late August--late October 1923
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 December 1923
Copyright Number:
LP19767
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,890, 6,993
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

War veteran Glenn Kilbourne goes to Arizona to regain his health and there is nursed to recovery by local girl Flo Hutter. Kilbourne's fiancée, Carley Burch, follows him but soon becomes disillusioned with the West and returns to New York. Flo Hutter is seriously injured in an accident, and Kilbourne, to repay her for restoring his health, proposes marriage. Carley returns to Arizona on the wedding day, seeking Kilbourne. Flo, seeing that the two are still in love, gives up Kilbourne and marries another admirer, Lee ... +


War veteran Glenn Kilbourne goes to Arizona to regain his health and there is nursed to recovery by local girl Flo Hutter. Kilbourne's fiancée, Carley Burch, follows him but soon becomes disillusioned with the West and returns to New York. Flo Hutter is seriously injured in an accident, and Kilbourne, to repay her for restoring his health, proposes marriage. Carley returns to Arizona on the wedding day, seeking Kilbourne. Flo, seeing that the two are still in love, gives up Kilbourne and marries another admirer, Lee Stanton. +

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Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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